Tellisford is a village and civil parish 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Frome in the Mendip district of Somerset, England. The parish includes the village of Woolverton.

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All Saints church
Tellisford is located in Somerset
Location within Somerset
Population182 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST804557
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBATH
Postcode districtBA2
Dialling code01373
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°18′00″N 2°16′59″W / 51.300°N 2.283°W / 51.300; -2.283Coordinates: 51°18′00″N 2°16′59″W / 51.300°N 2.283°W / 51.300; -2.283


The village was known as Tefleford in 1001 and Tablesford in 1086 meaning Theabul's ford or ford at a flat place.[2] The parish of Woolverton was part of the hundred of Frome, while Tellisford was part of the Wellow Hundred.[3]

The manor was acquired by the Hungerfords of Farleigh Hungerford in the early 15th century who used the fulling mill to endow their chantry chapel. The cloth making industry continuing until 1912.[2]

The village was partially destroyed by a serious fire in 1785.[2]

Tellisford is one of the Thankful Villages which lost no men in World War I.


Tellisford has a Parish Meeting, where all village electors are automatically members. It is required to meet at least twice a year and does not levy a precept.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of Mendip, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Frome Rural District,[4] which is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

River FromeEdit

Bridge over the River Frome

The packhorse bridge over the Frome was extensively overhauled in 1692 by John Ducey of Tellisford and is a Grade II listed building.[5] The cobbled roadway is 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) wide and the bridge has a total span of 66 feet (20 m) in three segmental arches.[6]

There is a weir, and an Environment Agency monitoring station on the river 600m north of the village. Tellisford Mill is a water mill recently converted to hydroelectric generation.

Religious sitesEdit

Tellisford's Church of All Saints dates from the 12th century and is Grade II listed.[7] Its tower was added in 1490 and restoration was carried out in 1854. William Parry, an antiquarian, was the rector from 1712 until his resignation in 1715.[8] Today the church is part of the Hardington Vale benefice, centred on Norton St Philip.[9]

The former Church of St. Lawrence at Woolverton dates from the 14th century and is also Grade II listed.[10] The church was declared redundant in 1995 and is now in private ownership.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Tellisford Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The Complete Guide. Dovecote Press. p. 206. ISBN 1-874336-26-1.
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Frome RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Bridge over River Frome at Tellisford". Retrieved 25 November 2006.
  6. ^ Hinchliffe, Ernest (1994). Guide to the Packhorse Bridges of England. Cicerone. p. 152. ISBN 978-1852841430.
  7. ^ "Church of All Saints". Retrieved 25 November 2006.
  8. ^ Cooper, Thompson (2004). "Parry, William (bap. 1687, d. 1756)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition, subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Parish of Hardington Vale - Our History". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Church of St. Lawrence". English Heritage. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  11. ^ "Parish of Hardington Vale - Woolverton". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Closed churches - Diocese of Bath and Wells" (PDF). Church of England. 1 October 2012. p. 6. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Tellisford at Wikimedia Commons
  Media related to Woolverton at Wikimedia Commons